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Russia can be held accountable for each strike on Ukraine’s cities, Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned after Moscow launched its greatest aerial assault of the struggle to date killing at the very least 31 Ukrainians.

“For every Shahed drone, for every Russian missile, there will be a fair responsibility of the terrorist state, both political and very practical,” Mr Zelensky mentioned on Saturday.

He additionally mentioned that Ukraine is getting ready to provide extra weapons in 2024.

Russia launched a recent bombardment on Kyiv and Kharkiv within the hours main into New Year’s Eve, Ukrainian officers mentioned.

“On the eve of the New Year, the Russians want to intimidate our city, but we are not scared – we are unbreakable and invincible!” Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov mentioned.

While the dimensions of the assault and any damages weren’t instantly clear, Ukrainian officers mentioned at the very least 21 individuals had been injured in Kharkiv.

The assault comes a day after Russia unleashed the most important air assault on Ukraine, with 158 missiles and drones launched in direction of a number of cities.

At least 41 individuals have been confirmed useless in these assaults.

Meanwhile, Russian courts have sentenced greater than 200 Ukrainian fighters to jail phrases since Moscow began its navy operation in Ukraine, international minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned in an interview with the RIA information company printed on Sunday.

“The courts of the Russian Federation have already sentenced more than 200 representatives of Ukrainian armed formations to long terms of imprisonment for committing atrocities,” Mr Lavrov instructed RIA.

Mr Lavrov didn’t clarify what alleged “atrocities” the Ukrainian troopers had been accused of committing. Russia has itself been accused of a spread of atrocities because it invaded Ukraine, together with at Bucha and Irpin, with the UN saying the Bucha killings “raise serious questions about possible war crimes”.

Mr Lavrov mentioned Russia’s major investigative organ, the Investigative Committee, has initiated 4,000 felony instances in opposition to about 900 Ukrainian people.

“They include not only members of radical nationalist associations, representatives of Ukrainian security forces and mercenaries, but also representatives of the military and political leadership of Ukraine,” Mr Lavrov mentioned. “Those of them who were charged in absentia have been put on the international wanted list.”